Catalog  –  2013 - 2014


Advising and Counseling

The services of counselors are available to all students at Porterville College. Counselors assist students in the preparation of their academic programs and provide guidance in the solution of personal problems.

Anthropology Library

This facility is intended to serve students and other researchers from the southern and central San Joaquin Valley and is available to all individuals with an interest in anthropology. Books and journals donated by the estates of Gay Weinberger (a long-time professor of anthropology at the college) and Jack and Betty Atwater (Tulare County avocational archaeologists) form the nucleus of the library. The dominant themes of the collection are archaeology and ethnography of the San Joaquin Valley and aboriginal rock art of western North America. The Library also houses a broad selection of books that focus on the natural and cultural elements of New Guinea donated by the estate of William Richardson.

The library is housed in the main library in room L447. Regular hours of operation are maintained. Materials may For further information, call 791-2298 or 791-2318.

Art Gallery

Porterville College is fortunate to have one of the finer galleries to be found on a community college campus. Located near the college’s center, this unique structure provides students and members of the community with a dedicated space in which to experience the visual arts. Gallery exhibits include artwork from local, regional, and occasionally, national or international artists, as well as the artwork of students. This college art gallery is an extension of the classroom and a connection to the community. The public, as well as students, are welcome at all exhibitions and receptions at the gallery.

Athletics Porterville College provides intercollegiate athletic programs for both men and women students. Currently, PC offers five sports – baseball, softball, volleyball, and men’s and women’s basketball – that compete in the highly-regarded Central Valley Conference. The athletic teams are members of the California Community College Athletic Association and governed by the California Community College Commission on Athletics.

CalWORKs Program

The CalWORKs Program provides services to students who receive TANF (Temporary Aid for Needy Families, formally known as AFDC) and who have been referred by their TulareWORKs caseworker and monitors academic progress. Other services include CalWorks work study (on- and off-campus), job placement, job search skills, resume writing, interviewing techniques, academic advising, books, funding for child care, mileage reimbursement, and job readiness workshops. For further information call 791-2303 or stop by the office in AC-126.

Career Services

Computerized career assistance and current information concerning occupations are available in AC-126. Students are urged to make use of these services and investigate career opportunities early in their academic program.


The Porterville College Cultural and Historical Awareness Program (CHAP) was organized in 2002 to enhance students’ awareness of certain important aspects of our society to which they may previously have had little or no exposure. A theme is chosen by CHAP members each school year, and faculty members across the campus are encouraged to integrate elements of that theme into their coursework. Additionally, a variety of field trips, guest speakers, panel discussions and videos are presented throughout the year and are all open to the public free of charge. By providing students with information about the chosen topic throughout the year, the awareness of the entire campus community is elevated.

Some past themes have included the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II (with a focus on the War Relocation Center at Manzanar), the early contributions of African Americans in the San Joaquin Valley (with an emphasis on the community of Allensworth) and the societal impacts of the Vietnam War era. In recent years the themes were expanded to include all events that took place within a specific decade such as the 1940s or 1950s.

Child Care Services

Limited child care facilities are available for children of Porterville College students. To be eligible, the student must be carrying a minimum of 12 units.

The child must be at least 2 years old and must meet state mandated medical standards. Enrollment priority is established by parents’ income level, class load, and number of parents in family. For further information, call the Child Care Center at 791-2272 or 791-2420.

Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE)

CARE participants must meet EOPS eligibility, have a child under the age of fourteen at the time of admission, receive CalWorks (formally AFDC), and be a single head of household who is at least 18 years of age.

CARE eligible students may receive assistance through childcare grants, book awards, meal cards, supplies and special interest workshops.

For additional information on the EOPS or CARE Programs, contact the staff in AC-126 or call 791-2224.